March 23, 2017 / 2:40 PM / in 9 months

France's Hollande says French suspect likely involved in attempted Antwerp attack

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that a French national appeared to have been involved in a suspected, attempted attack in the Belgium city of Antwerp.

An investigator with a bomb retrieval robot device approaches a car which had entered the main pedestrianised shopping street in the city at high speed, in Antwerp, Belgium, 23 March 2017. @Franklyanouk /Twitter Handout via REUTERS

“It seemed to involve a French national, with possibly a certain number of weapons in his boot - it’s up to the judges to make a statement on that - who was looking to kill or at the very least create a dramatic incident,” Hollande told reporters.

“Therefore we must continue to be on high alert and mobilize all our forces,” he added.

Earlier on Thursday, Belgian prosecutors said that a man who had tried to drive at high speed into a shopping district in Antwerp was a French national, living in France, with knives and other weapons in his car.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Elizabeth Pineau; Editing by John Irish

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